AT LEAST 399 people have received help amounting to RM40,000 in total, after calling Talian MySepang Sejahtera.
The dedicated hotline is for Sepang residents to ask for any type of aid other than medical, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Launched on Aug 2 by Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang) to ensure that no one was left behind, its president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain said the hotline received between 20 and 30 calls a day.
After filtering the applications to see if they were genuine and if they had received help from other sources, he said 533 requests were approved as of Aug 25.
“Most callers complained that they had lost their income and requested basic needs like food items, baby formula powder and cash to get by.
“From our initial allocation of RM100,000, we still have a balance of RM60,000.
“Residents in the municipality can call the hotline at 03-8319 0200/03-8319 0300 or WhatsApp 019-282 6533 to ask for help,” he said at the council’s full board meeting yesterday.
Separately, Abd Hamid said operations at the newly opened Raudhatul Baqi’ Muslim Cemetery in Cyber 10, Cyberjaya, for the burial of Covid-19 victims was proceeding smoothly.
Since the opening on July 31 and up to Aug 25, there were a total of 209 burials, he said.
Of that number, he said 101 were Malaysians and the rest were foreigners.
He said that since the grieving families could not conduct the last rites and didn’t get the chance to see their loved ones a final time, MPSepang decided to instal two closed-circuit television cameras at the cemetery to stream the burial process live on its Facebook page.
“This is something we can do to help them attend the burial from afar.
“Hopefully this alleviates some of the pain suffered by grieving families.
“The livestream of the burials is done in three sessions a day.
“Since the broadcasting started on Aug 7, there have been between 70 and 100 views per session,” he said.
Abd Hamid added that the Sepang crematorium at the Sepang Muslim Joint Grave, which opened on Aug 9, had completed 59 cremations for 43 Malaysians and 16 foreigners.